More than 300 homeless people were taken to a temporary camp in the city for the first time since the beginning of the year on Friday, amid concerns the city will fail to meet its commitment to build 250 homes over a three-year period.
More than 300 people were moved into a temporary homeless camp in Sydney’s CBD on Friday night.
Photo: News24 The move came as part of a national campaign to tackle homelessness in the state, with an extra $10 million earmarked for homelessness prevention in 2018-19.
The Government has set a target of building 500 houses a year for a year, and has promised $12 million over three years to build 200 homes, but the government has failed to meet that target, with a report published on Friday saying the money was being “subsidised out of the city coffers”.
“What we have done is to make sure that we are making investments into the community,” Housing Minister Chris Bowen told reporters.
“We have seen the impact on homelessness, we have seen it in the number of people in emergency accommodation, we’ve seen it with people being kicked out of their homes.”
The Government is committed to putting a roof over their heads, and we are committed to making sure that people can stay at home and be self-sufficient.
“Homelessness and community services Minister Mick Keogh said the Government’s homelessness reduction strategy “will not only put people in their homes, it will also ensure that they are housed in a safe and secure environment”.”
We need to work together to make it happen and the Government is taking action on this very important issue,” he said.
Homeless person living in a tent in the CBD on a Thursday.
James BrickwoodThe Department of Social Services (DSS) has set aside $3.2 million to fund housing for homeless people in the past three years.
But Mr Bowen said the $10 billion investment in housing in 2018 was not enough to tackle the homelessness crisis.”
If you look at what has happened, we haven’t really invested in any one place, and that is the issue we have to address,” he told reporters at Parliament House.”
So we have got to make this commitment to ensure that we do that.””
The $10bn will only get us to where we need to go.
“Homeworker at a temporary shelter in Sydney on Friday.
Photo via News24Mr Bowen said there was no guarantee that all the money will be allocated in the next three years, and there would need to be a “significant amount” of investment to build more than 250 homes.
He said the government was committed to building 500 homes a year.”
It is our aim to build 500 homes over the next four years, which means that there is no need to delay building 500,” he explained.”
This is the government’s commitment to deliver 500 homes in the three years of the Government.
“Mr Bowen confirmed the Government would be introducing a “no-fuss” plan to help homeless people move into homes in Sydney.”
There is no more work to do, we’re not going to spend all the extra money on this,” he added.”
That’s why we have a new initiative called the Housing Partnership to make housing for the homeless easier, easier and more affordable for everyone.
“Mr Keogh also confirmed the government would be funding $4 million to the Salvation Army to run a 24-hour shelter.”
Our homeless services are still a bit stretched,” he warned.”
I don’t think it’s been a good year for the Salvationists, but we will be investing in the service to help them.
“The Salvation Army has received more than $20 million in funding in the last three years for its emergency shelter and emergency shelter care, but Mr Keogh conceded that the organisation’s services were still stretched.”
They are a little bit on the short end of the stick,” he admitted.”
But that’s a fact, and they have got a responsibility to support the people in need.
“Mr Beaumont said the money would be put towards “improving the facilities that are available to us to keep people housed”.”
These are all areas where the Salvationaries have a huge role to play,” he stressed.”
In the short term, we’ll be doing that by providing more people with emergency accommodation and the Salvationary will provide the people with access to their local community centres.
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